Elephant Parade In Manchester, NH — Free (& Gratis) Thanks To Barnum & Bailey Circus.
by Anura Guruge
The Circus Is Coming To Town; Barnum & Bailey, This Week, In Manchester, NH — Sept. 24, 2012.
I have seen a number of queries over the last two days of people looking for information about the ‘elephant parade Manchester‘. So here is THE scoop.
Like the good, ol’ fashioned circus it is, the ‘Barnum & Bailey‘ circus comes to town by train. So the elephants have to be taken to and from the train to the Verizon Arena ‘performer’ parking lot; albeit once when they arrive in town and then when they are leaving.
This year, 2012, they will arrive in Manchester, NH on possibly Wednesday evening (or Thursday morning). They will depart on Sunday, around 7:30 pm. So that is when you will get to see the elephants and the horses, for free — walking along Auburn St. and Elm St. (see map below).
The ~7:30pm on Sunday is a done deal. They leave after the last show, which will finish around 6:30.
Not sure as to when the train will arrive on Wednesday/Thursday. In a major change, Manchester, this year, is the 1st stop in the circus tour as opposed to being the last. I am kind of sad about that.
If you want to catch the elephants on Wednesday/Thursday, which will definitely be during the day (as opposed to the evening on Sunday), the best thing to do is to call the Manchester Police INFORMATION line at (603) 668-8711. (not 911). They are the only ones that know the exact times because they have to stop traffic while the elephants gallivant, ever so regally, up Elm St. I have had luck calling them at (603) 668-8711, though you have to remember that this is indeed a circus and as such their schedules could be way out. The last time we tried to catch the ‘Thursday’ parade the train was over 2 hours late.
The best place to see the parade is at the intersection of Elm and Auburn. We used to go, order dinner, get some drinks and camp out at Murphy’s Taproom. Not anymore. The last time we tried to do that we hadn’t got our food one hour after we placed the order! I paid for our drinks, got up and left. The waitress agreed with us that the service was unacceptable, but that she was at the mercy of the kitchen. I felt bad for her. I gave her a decent tip.
So here is the map. It should help: